After your children begin to understand what their interests are, it is time for them to start making decisions to develop their career plan. This is the stage where setting goals and planning will help your children reach their career goals.
Begin Setting Goals Today!
Start goal setting today using the CareerZone Portfolio Plan which allows your child to save their career goals and dreams to an electronic Career Plan Portfolio. After creating a CareerZone Portfolio Plan account or signing into your child’s existing Portfolio account, have them select the "Future Goals and Dreams" module.
Gather Important Paper Work Early
- Working Papers – Did you know that minors under the age of 18 need to get papers from their school district stating they can work? This link connects you to the New York State Department of Labor’s information on how you can get working papers for your child and the labor laws for children in the workplace.
- Social Security Cards – Not sure where you have placed your child's Social Security card? Find out how to replace it!
- New York State Photo Identification - Find out how to get your child photo identification.
Know Your Child's Rights on the Job
Tools to Help You Through Transition
- High School - Decisions, decisions! These next few years are important for your child as they make major decisions that impact their futures. On top of making these decisions, your child faces increased stresses of transition including new surroundings and people, more difficult school-work and the opportunity to make decisions on their own. Below are some resources that can help you make informed decisions over the next few years and help your child make an easy transition!
- Job and Skills Training After High School - High school students can create a portfolio account to track their high school classes, volunteer, work and extracurricular activities as well as their goals and dreams. When creating a portfolio account, make sure your child selects the Commencement level that is for youth in grades 9-12.
- New York State Afterschool Network – Connects young adults, parents, afterschool programs, and other partners that can help young people get involved afterschool and discover their interests at the same time.
- The Parents Guide to High School – Provides information, tips, and resources for parents/guardians with students in high school. Topics range from social networking to high school class suggestions.
- Life After High School – Your child has decided to attend job training, community college, a university, the military, apprenticeship or go straight to the workforce, but how are they handling the transition? Below are some resources that can help you and your child begin to think about their plans after high school or even change their future path.
- Job and Skills Training After High School – Many people think The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) provides education and job training only while your children are in high school. Think again! BOCES across New York State provide job training opportunities for young adults and adults ranging from Certified Nurse Aid Training to Carpentry/Weatherization for adults. To find out more, click on the link above to access the map to find the location nearest you!
- College Navigator – College Navigator lets you search for colleges based on many different areas like location, financial aid options, type of degree, public, private, two or four year schools, and other factors that may be important to your child on their quest for college!
- SUNY College Exploration - Want to find out what the State University of New York (SUNY) campus network can offer your child as a potential student? Explore community colleges and universities across New York State and make SUNY work for your child!
- CUNY College Exploration - Did you know that New York City has a network of community colleges and four year colleges called The City University of New York (CUNY)? This website will provide you with information on the 23 campuses throughout New York City and what college suits your child's interests and career goals!
- AmeriCorps - AmeriCorps is an opportunity for your child to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Full-time corps members who complete their service earn an Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.
- Job Corps - Job Corps offers career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers.
- Military Careers and Education - Find out how the military can provide career options and college assistance at this website. Research careers here and how the military can help build your child’s future!
- Young Entrepreneurs - Has your child created a new project or thought about starting their own business? There are many young business people today that had to get started on their own. This website can help your child learn what it takes to go into business for them! Find out how to get an idea off the ground and even connect to a business owner that can provide some suggestions and guidance.